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PHOTO : COURTESY of EERE

THE PICTURE ( at left ) SHOWS A LARGE INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATION.
THE SAME PRINCIPLES WILL BE APPLIED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF OUR PARABOLIC THROUGH
ONLY THE SCALE FACTOR WILL CHANGE. Gilles
PARABBOLIC THROUGHS
This solar thermal power plant located in the Mojave Desert in Kramer Junction, California, is one of nine such plants built in the 1980s. During operation, oil in the receiver tubes collects the concentrated solar energy as heat and is pumped to a power block (in background) for generating electricity. 
















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PHOTO : COURTESY of EERE

THE PICTURE ( at left ) SHOWS A LARGE 
PARABOLIC DISH , THE ONE WE WILL BUILD IS MUCH SMALLER; 10 FOOT DIAMETER. ( ONE THIRD  ) Gilles
PARABLOIC DISH:
This solar dish-engine system is an electric generator that "burns" sunlight instead of gas or coal to produce electricity. The dish, a concentrator, is the primary solar component of the system, collecting the energy coming directly from the sun and concentrating it on a small area. A thermal receiver absorbs the concentrated beam of solar energy, converts it to heat, and transfers the heat to the engine/generator. (Credit: Sandia National Laboratories)















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